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Learn with Alamo Handyman: Cleaning Your Drains

At Alamo Handyman, we believe in working closely alongside our clients. In many cases, that means we give them our professional tips for preventative maintenance around their homes. One tip we give frequently is that cleaning out your drains is a necessity!


When we do not maintain clean drains in our home, debris, grease, and other materials can build up, leading to slow drains and potential blockages. Eventually, these clogs will require costly repairs and plumbing fees. Follow Alamo Handyman's five easy steps below to clean your drains and maintain the overall health of your plumbing system:


1. Remove Surface Debris

Start by removing any visible debris from the drain surface. This can include hair, soap scum, and other particles that may be contributing to the clog. Use a pair of gloves to protect your hands and a tool like a drain snake or tweezers to pull out the gunk. Be thorough in this step to allow better access to deeper blockages.


2. Flush with Boiled Water

Boiling water is a simple yet effective method to break down grease and flush out minor clogs. Simply boil a pot of water and slowly pour it down the drain--it can help dissolve grease and loosen debris clinging to pipe walls. Repeat this step periodically to maintain smooth water flow.


3. Use Baking Soda and Vinegar

Create a natural and bubbling drain cleaner using baking soda and vinegar. Pour a cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by a cup of vinegar. Allow the mixture to sit for at least 15 minutes, allowing the chemical reaction to break down substances clinging to the pipes. Finish by flushing the drain with hot water to wash away the residue.



4. Bring out the Plunger

For more stubborn clogs, a plunger can be a handy tool. Ensure there is enough water in the sink or tub to cover the plunger's cup, creating a seal. Plunge vigorously, maintaining a tight seal to create pressure that dislodges the blockage. Repeat as necessary, and finish with a hot water flush to clear any remaining debris.


5. And when all else fails...Use a Professional Drain Cleaner

If the above steps don't resolve the issue, consider using a commercial drain cleaner. Follow the product instructions carefully, as some cleaners can be harsh on pipes. These cleaners often contain powerful chemicals designed to break down tough clogs. Use them sparingly and as a last resort, opting for more eco-friendly methods whenever possible.


By following our five steps regularly, you will keep your drains flowing smoothly and prevent major plumbing issues that require costly professional intervention. Preventative maintenance is key to a healthy plumbing system for your home.


However, if you so encounter persistent problems, don't forget that you can always reach out to Alamo Handyman for professional assistance. Estimates are always free when our team comes out to evaluate your home concerns!


Click the "Request Service" button in the top right corner of this page to get started!

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